123,000 sea turtles in Côn Đảo island released back to sea this year

September 29, 2022 - 18:09
The Côn Đảo National Park has been working hard to conserve sea turtles (Chelonioidea) for years, becoming an ideal nesting destination for the rare species in Việt Nam.
1,900 turtle egg nests with a total of 95,000 hatchlings were saved from Bãi Cát Lớn (Large Sandy Beach). — VNA/VNS Photo

BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU — The Côn Đảo National Park in the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu released 122,867 baby turtles into the ocean between January and September.

According to statistics from the management board of the park, in the period, it saw 1,586 out of 2,510 sea turtle nests successfully hatched in its incubators. Meanwhile, tracking devices were attached on 402 mother turtles coming to lay eggs on Côn Đảo beaches.

Lê Hồng Sơn, head of the board’s conservation-international cooperation office, said more than 450 mother turtles lay eggs on 18 beaches in the park every year.

Tourists capturing photos and videos of sea turtles hatching during the special tour. — VNA/VNS Photo

Sơn added that many conservation programme are being implemented at the park, including those on studying ecological characteristics of sea turtles, protecting their nesting habitats and nests; and building a hatchery, among others.

Meanwhile, on a monthly basis, the park receives some 700 tourists coming to watch turtles laying eggs. — VNS